February 15, 2010
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Jack Pine

Jack Pine is a Wisconsin native conifer noted for its short, stiff, olive green needles and curved cones. Somewhat shrubby and flat-topped in appearance, Jack Pine is a medium-grower getting as large as 50 feet tall. Very cold tolerant, Jack Pine are nesting sites for the endangered Kirtland Warbler.
January 26, 2010
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Green Dragon

Green Dragon is an interesting woodland plant similar to Jack-in-the-Pulpit but larger and more uncommon. A Wisconsin native plant, three-lobed leaves frame the unusual green and purple-hooded flower. In autumn, vibrant clusters of orange-red berries appear, providing food for wildlife.
January 6, 2010
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Kentucky Coffeetree

Kentucky Coffeetree, a Wisconsin native tree, may be an ugly duckling in youth, but it matures into a graceful swan. Bluish-green leaves give a lacy appearance in summer casting light shade while flaking bark and bold branching add winter interest. Female trees produce 5-10” long thick brown leathery pods that persist through winter, extending the season of interest.
January 6, 2010
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Striped Maple

Striped Maple cannot be mistaken for any other maple with its green-white vertical stripes that decorate young branches. Small, bright yellow flowers bloom in May/June, hanging in large, elegantly drooping clusters. This Wisconsin native tree thrives in cool, moist, slightly acidic soil, preferably in full shade, and makes a great understory tree alongside sugar maple, basswood, black maple, oak, and shagbark hickory.
January 3, 2010
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Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir is a tall-growing coniferous tree native to Wisconsin. Widely known as a Christmas tree with fragrant, long-lasting needles, this gorgeous fir makes a wonderful specimen tree with cones that sit upright on its branches. Balsam Fir is a commanding focal point in any landscape.